I have a Request… #BlackLivesMatter

If you are on Facebook and Twitter, there is a perfect profile picture that says “Black Lives Matter”. I am asking that people change their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to this picture. Stand up against the declared war on black lives by the US’s cops. Please. I use it to show solidarity. I am privileged as a white man. I will never be targeted the way black men and women are targeted in this country.

I cannot, and will not, accept this. And neither should you.

Below is the picture. Again… please. Please change your profile picture to this. Stand up against this tyranny in our country.

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Again… please do this. It’s extremely important. The more Facebook and Twitter get inundated with this, the more visible it becomes, and that can only be a good thing.

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Eron Gjoni, Hateful Boyfriend

Nathan Hevenstone:

I’m reblogging this because people need to read it. THIS is GamerGate, folks. Don’t even try to deny it (and believe me when I say I won’t let you on this post. I promise.)

Here’s the posted summary:

1. Eron knowingly promoted his tell-all blog post about Quinn on 4chan, knowing it was likely to cause harassment.

2. Rather than try to quell the harassment (As he might have you believe), Gjoni actually basked in the attention, to try and stir up even more agita against his ex.

3. Once confronted with his actions, Eron tried to distance himself from #gamergate, and move his involvement of Quinn behind the scenes. Unfortunately we have evidence of this string-pulling.

4. Eron’s fight against his restraining order is merely a continuation of the harassment he was already engaging in. If he wins his legal battle he’s likely to post even more private info about Quinn as a reward for his backers.

5. Gjoni has essentially ruined his good name in pursuit of this revenge quest. He knows this, and it makes him bitter that his plans to sideline Quinn in her own industry have backfired so spectacularly.

6. Gjoni sexually harasses women critical of him; especially when caught in a lie or backed into a corner logically. I find this a telling clue about his real attitude about women, although Gjoni claims to be a feminist.

No go and read the whole thing.

Originally posted on idledillettante:

Eron Gjoni, your number is up.

Eron Gjoni in a rapidly descending elevator, I presume. (Artist: Sarah M.)

So, there’s this indie game I bought recently, called “Hatoful Boyfriend”. It’s a Japanese PG-13 dating simulator, except that the rest of the student body besides you are man-sized birds with human characteristics. The player spends the entire game building romantic relationships with pigeons, doves, quails and one demented partridge. The player character, seemingly the only human woman left on earth, lives in paleolithic conditions in a cave in the middle of the countryside, like some kind of outcast from bird society.

Spoiler Alert: as you might have guessed, the special new game + ending gave me the idea for the title of this article.

I’ve covered Eron Gjoni and his ugly breakup before; starting with Gjoni’s tell-all AMA in #burgersandfries. I’ve also written of the dishonest blog post he published downplaying his involvement in harassing Zoe Quinn, and Eron’s successful efforts…

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How to Decode a Person with Anxiety Disorder

I’ve been looking for the source of this for a long time. Sadly, I can’t find it. I did, however, find this. Please note that I did not write this.

Again… I did not write this. I found it and loved it, and so I’ve decided to quote it here because of how awesome it is.

And for a final time, I didn’t write this.

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Conversation with #GamerGate

So I entered the #GamerGate conversation, and was actually pleasantly surprised by the response!

Sadly, I’m unable to embed the Storify here because this is a free, hosted blog (which is kinda bullshit). If anyone knows how I can embed the Storify here, please let me know.

But anyways, here’s the link:

https://storify.com/NateHevens/conversation-with-gamergate

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@RichardDawkins… We Are Not Allies

This was first posted here on December 18, 2013. I’m reposting it, with a few small additions.

I was 21 when I first realized I was an atheist, and the same age when I told my mom and brother. I told my dad only a few months later, but after I turned 22.

During this period, it was all I was. I was just an atheist. I wasn’t anything else. I lived and breathed atheism, searched for atheists and atheist stuff online, and my antitheism came screaming out like never before. Because I was an antitheist first. Bill Hicks indulged my antitheism long before I realized I didn’t even believe in a higher power or powers. I realized I was an antitheist when I was 16 and started hating authority. It was only natural that I’d abhor religion, while still believing in a living god who’d talk directly to you, without the aid of some pathetic book or middle-man (clergy).

But then I read The God Delusion, and then the Bible. And I was an atheist.

And for years, I was happy with anyone who was an atheist. I didn’t care if they were feminists or misogynists. I didn’t care if they tried to fight patriarchy and rape culture or denied their existence. But I would only fight alongside atheists and I would never fight alongside a theist, because theists were crazy/delusional and faith was a virus… and “The God Delusion” was my bible.

So it’s safe to say I did the whole “critical thinking” thing wrong.

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The Customer is Always… Wrong, Part 2: Tales from the 2nd Window

I decided to collect my Facebook posts into another blog post. Enjoy.

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How I Feel Michael Brown’s @NYTimes Obituary Should Have Been Written… #Ferguson

Having read the New York Times obituary for Michael Brown, I was as disturbed as many others by the way it was written. As such, I have decided to try my hand at cleaning up the obituary, making it more like what I, at least, would have preferred to read. I attempted, as best I could, to change the tone of the piece, removing some things and changing the context and wording of others. I also added my own sentiment at the end. I hope my attempt is better than what the New York Times put out.

Speaking of… New York Times? You should be ashamed of yourself.

Copyright note: This falls under fair use as it is a critique.

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